Earlier today, an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded and burned approximately 80 miles away from the coast of Louisiana. This second Gulf oil rig explosion comes mere weeks after BP succeeded in its capping Deepwater Horizon well, which had been spewing oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico since it exploded in April of this year. It remains unclear if this explosion will result in another massive Gulf oil spill, but the Coast Guard has reported spotting oil sheen about a mile long spreading from the site. The maritime accident law firm of Long & Long has already helped residents of Mobile, Alabama and the Baldwin County area with BP Gulf oil spill lawsuits with the purpose of recovering damages from the Deepwater Horizon spill. The BP Gulf oil spill has already had a dramatic impact on the environment and the economy of the Gulf Coast region, covering animals and wetlands in oil and disrupting the livelihoods of those in the fishing and tourism industries. Our Gulf oil spill lawyers will be ready to help victims again if this newest Gulf oil rig explosion results in another environmental and economic catastrophe. If you or someone you know has been affected by the BP Gulf oil spill or becomes affected by today’s Gulf oil rig explosion, please contact the Gulf oil spill attorneys of Long & Long today to discuss your case.